Profitt Report: Holiday entertaining on a budget

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We love to gather with family and friends during the holiday season but if you’re the one organizing the festivities, you know how pricey playing host can be.

We’re already spending an average of $608 each on gifts. Food, decorations and cards tack on another $218 according to the National Retail Federation.

Sue MacKellar, event planner and owner of Paper Moon Wedding and Event Specialists in Midland, said one way to save is to skip the artificial greenery.

“It’s easy, just go out into the woods and you can get some fresh greens, some berries and ribbon is a really great thing to be able to use to decorate,” she said.

Next, get more mileage from your entertaining by buying strategically.

“If you invest in a basic red napkin and plain white plates, you can use the red for Valentine’s Day, you can use it for Christmas, you can use it for the Fourth of July,” MacKellar said.

Last, don’t count of thrift stores.

“One of the things people get rid of all the time are holiday items and for really not a lot of money, you can pick up some nice Christmas ornaments and décor,” she said.

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